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All You Need To Know

Check if you have coronavirus symptoms


The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell.



Main symptoms


The main symptoms of coronavirus are:




  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.




Use the online coronavirus service if you have any of:





  • high temperature

  • new, continuous cough

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste


Babies and children


Call emergency unit if you're worried about a baby or child under 5.


If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call emergency medical number.


Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.



Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)


If your symptoms are mild, Emergency unit will usually advise you and anyone you live with not to leave your home. This is called self-isolation.




  • Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started.

  • Anyone who does not have symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.


What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus


Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and looking after yourself if you or someone you live with has symptoms.






Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms







To protect others, you must stay at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).


This is called self-isolation.




Can I leave my home if I'm self-isolating?


If you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus:




  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask someone to deliver it to your home

  • do not have visitors in your home – including friends and family

  • do any exercise at home – you can use your garden, if you have one


How long to self-isolate



If you have symptoms


If you have symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate for 7 days.


After 7 days:




  • you can stop self-isolating if your symptoms have gone, or if you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these symptoms can last for weeks after the infection has gone

  • keep self-isolating if you have any other symptoms (such as a high temperature, runny nose, feeling sick or diarrhoea) – you can stop self-isolating when your symptoms have gone


If you live with someone who has symptoms


If you live with someone who has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started.


This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.


If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.




  • If you get symptoms while self-isolating – you should self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started, even if it means you're self-isolating for longer than 14 days.

  • If you do not get symptoms while self-isolating – you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.



After self-isolation


When you stop self-isolating, it's important to follow the advice on social distancing.

This means you should stay at home as much as possible. But you can go out to work (if you cannot work from home) and for things like getting food or exercising.

If you're a health or care worker, check with your employer before going back to work.



If you have symptoms and live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus


If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from each other. If possible, try not to share a bed.


How to reduce the spread of infection in your home




Do



  • wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • clean objects and surfaces you touch often (such as door handles, kettles and phones) using your regular cleaning products

  • clean a shared bathroom each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you have touched




Don't



  • do not share towels, including hand towels and tea towels




How to look after your symptoms at home


If your symptoms are mild, you can usually look after yourself at home.

For advice about easing your symptoms and what to do if they get worse, see how to treat coronavirus symptoms at home.

Ask for a test to check if you have coronavirus



If you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus, you may be able to get a test to check if you have the virus.


People in hospital and essential workers, including social care staff, are getting priority.


You can ask for a test if you're not an essential worker, but you might not be able to get one. It depends on whether there are enough tests available.




Get an isolation note to give to your employer



If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note to send to your employer as proof you need to be off work.


You do not need to get a note from a GP.